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More states mull Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights

November 18, 2010

A growing number of states are adopting or proposing consumer rights laws aimed at protecting car buyers, according to The Wall Street Journal.


California’s "Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights" took effect July 1, and similar legislation is pending in Massachusetts. Other states where lawmakers have added or proposed consumer protection for car buyers in recent years include Louisiana, Alaska, New York and North Carolina, the newspaper reported.


One of the most common provisions in the new laws and bills are clearer definitions of what constitutes a "certified" pre-owned vehicle. Both California’s new law and the Massachusetts proposal give specific standards for a "certified" vehicle—for instance, the car must have an unaltered original odometer, and any previous substantial damage that impairs use and safety of the vehicle would disqualify it as a "certified" used car.